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Hero Arts Nasturtium Ornaments

Hi everybody,  Cindy here to share a holiday card.  But first thing first, goodies from the Hero Arts 2018 Season of Wonder Catalog has arrived in the store.  Get a head start and shop for you favorite holiday supplies.

So I have been making ahead holiday cards to build up a good stash.  Today I paired the Ornament Infinity Dies and Hero Florals Nasturtium to create a floral ornament.

I first stamp and heat emboss the Nasturtium on white card stock with Gold Glitter Embossing Powder.  Then I die cut the ornament, and gave it a slight coat of Buttercup shimmer spray.  Then I adhere it on my card base which has a pattern scalloped panel.  The sentiment is gold heat embossed and it’s from the Color Layering Poinsettia Clear Stamp set which is the Hero Arts 2018 Season of Wonder Catalog.

 

The Gold Glitter Embossing is really glittery and shiny, isn’t it?  Since I got my supplies out, I made three cards all at once.  The cards are 4 by 5 1/2 inch so it is perfect to cut three card base out of a 12 by 12 card stock.  Remember to scroll down to get my discount code for you shopping fun, and remember to use the Request Custom Order if you don’t see the items in the a2z store.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from our a2z Scrapbooking store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code  Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Guest Designer Post with Linda W.

Hi everyone,

We are so happy to have Linda W. as our Guest Designer today.  Linda is a long time Hero Arts Flickr group member, she was a Hero Arts Hostess, and she is a super talented lady.  You can find her on her blog: Scrappin, Stampin, & Singin and her flickr photo stream here.  Now let’s hear from Linda.

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Hey everyone – Linda W. here – I’m excited to Guest Designing on a2z today!! It’s the final day of this month’s Birthday Bash Challenge and I have a fun floral birthday card to share with you.

 

Steps: 
  • Dry emboss the stencil on white panel using any diecutting machine and rubber mat. 
  • Brayer ink over the embossing and then blend with more inks, spritzing with water as needed, to create background. 
  • After it dries, mat panel to a yellow layer and add to a turquoise top-fold horizontal A2 card.
  • Die cut a bunch of Flowers for Coloring from white Copic friendly cardstock.
  • Stamp the diecuts with the matching flower and leaf stamps (I popped them into the diecut negatives and used a MISTI). 
  • Color flowers and leaves with Copic Markers and add details (white gel pen, Glossy Accents) as desired. 
  • Stamp sentiment onto a white doily and adhere it to the card. 
  • Arrange the flowers and leaves as desired and adhere using glue dots and varying heights of foam.
I didn’t add gems or other embellishments, choosing to keep it simple. The background seems ornate enough to me but you could certainly add your favorite accents. 
Done!
Thanks to a2z for inviting me to Guest Design for you!! Hope to see your birthday creation submitted to the challenge!

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Wow isn’t that a stunning card!!  Thank you Linda, for designing for us.   To see more from Linda, visit her blog post, and leave her some comment love!

And to all our readers there is still time to enter our July Challenge – Birthday Bash.  Looking for forward to seeing your creations in our challenge gallery.

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking july 2018 challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Monthly Circles Interactive Birthday Card

Hello, Cindy here to share an interactive card.  I used Hero Arts Monthly Circle Digi Stamp as the background and add a DIY wobbler element.

I chose the month of July image from the digi stamp set, copy, rotate and paste to create a random pattern background.  I printed it on white card stock.  Then I stamped the curly ribbon bits images (from Monthly Hero Kit December 2016) with a few colors.  Next I added the birthday banner (stamped in black, colored, hand cut, mounted on yellow card stock and trimmed again).  Next I stamped and colored the gift and made it into a DIY wobbler and adhere to the card.  I took a few photos while making it, it really is not complicated.  The wire I used is a light weight fine wire for jewelry making.

Here is a very short video clip to show it in action.  🙂

 

The DIY wobbler sure adds some fun to an ordinary card.  I hope you would try it too.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking july 2018 challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 

 


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Hero Florals Peonies Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone,

I am so excited to be using a stamp of one of my favorite flowers, the Peonies on my card today.  The Hero Florals Peonies stamp is a new addition to my stash and I have experiment with using different papers and techniques.

First up I used rice paper (also know as mulberry paper or Xuan paper) and did a faux Chinese painting.  Some of the characteristics of Chinese Paintings may include “watercolor without lines”, one brush stroke for a single petal, writing (a poem, or title, and/or date) and a seal (artist’s name).  Now I must disclaim here that I am no expert in Chinese painting, just some observations from looking at them.  🙂

I stamped the floral and leaves images using Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Granite, and watercolor the images.  My Chinese writing skill using a brush is not good enough so I just used a black marker to write Happy Birthday (top right corner), and the date (lower portion), and added my seal.  Then my rice paper panel is adhere to a dark gray card base.

Next up I used the same kind of paper and I gold heat embossed the images before watercoloring it.

 

This last project I made a place card, for a birthday party of course!!  🙂  I used Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper, stamped in Archival Ink and watercolored both flower and leaves.  Then I die cut using the matching Frame Cut.  I adhere it to a cup shape place card holder die cut using Hero Arts Nesting Teacups Infinity Dies.  I die cut an extra plain leave to write the name.

Here’s the back view, you could see how easy it is to have it done.

 

I sure had fun with this stamp.  It’s in the store, get yours today.  Scroll down to get my promote code and save some money shopping.  🙂

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking july 2018 challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 

 


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Farewell and Hello

Hello everyone,

It is always difficult to say Goodbye.  Today we bid farewell to a few DT members.  Delia, Niki, and Sue are stepping down from the team.  Delia, Niki, Sue, we thank you for your contributions and creativities.  We would miss you a lot!!   Please come back to see us often.

Char is also scaling down her activities with the group, although she won’t be making regular posts, she would be participating in our digi duels.  Thanks Char for doing that for us.

 

Now we would like to welcome Karen, Gwendolyn, and Annie to the team!   Below is a little introduction.  Please look for their first post in the coming days.

Karen Kirkman

Howdy, I’m Karen. I live in Northern California with my husband, son and two sweet dogs Lucy and Aspen. I have lived in California all my life but have seen many other states.

I have always had a crafty side. When I was young I painted plaster, decorated shirts with fabric images and paint, did some macramé, and a few others. I dabbled many years ago with stamps and punches to make cards. I have come a long way since then. I started scrapbooking about 17 years ago which led me to card making somehow which I have been doing for about 8 years. Once in a great while I do some beading. Just like paper crafting I have collected a lot of supplies.

My favorite craft is making cards. There are so many techniques that can be done with cards which is why I love it. We are lucky today to have access to so many talented card makers for discovering new things to try.

I share my cards on my blog kcskards.  You can also find me on Flickr and Instagram 

 

Gwendolyn Goh

Hi I’m Gwendolyn, I’m originally from Singapore but I spent more than half my life living away from home, in places like New Zealand and France, and we are now expatriates in Ulm, Germany, the birthplace of Albert Einstein!

I gave up my job in the aeronautical industry 5 years ago, to follow my hubby to Germany, and now I have tons of free time to spend with our 3 teenage kids, 2 dogs and also try loads of new things. I picked up crafting a a few years ago starting with soy candle making, crochet, abstract acrylic painting… but when I discovered card making 2 years ago, I immediately became hooked on it and now I do it all the time! I’m essentially a one layer card maker who LOVES colouring. I started learning to water-colour 6 months ago and it is now my favourite medium to use, although I love my colour pencils and alcohol markers, which is a recent discovery too.

I love sharing how I create my cards, so do follow me on my blog https://desperatehousewifecraft.com, Instagram @desperatehousewife_craft or on youtube https://www.youtube.com/desperatehousewifecraft and of course here on A2Z Scrapbooking, where I’m thrilled and honoured to be part of this fabulous team & giving back to society through their different charities. I look forward to inspiring you and be inspired in return! “Creating everyday is not taking time from life, it is creating life.” – Me 🙂

 

Annie Collins

Hello Friends, my name is Annie Collins and I have been crafting all my life. I started at 4 years old sewing with my mother. My passion for crafting and sharing continued to grow over the years. I love paper crafting the most – all forms of it. I live in sunny Florida with my fantastic family, husband, 3 children and pets. I can’t wait to share some projects and be inspired by all of you.

You can visit Annie at her blog: Little Wings Creates

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Tomorrow is the beginning of a new challenge, come back and catch the details.  Have a great day!!


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Hero Arts Monochrome Ornaments

Hello welcome,

 

Cindy here to share a monochrome Christmas card.  I’ve decided since the beginning of the year to make my holiday cards ahead of time.  And I made this one to add to my stash.  Let’s take a look.

 

It’s a design I could make multiples in various colors.  I started off by pressing and dragging my Ombre Pink to Red Ink Pad on white card stock from one end to the other (twice to cover the 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch panel) .

Next I mixed some Perfect Pearl powder in water and used a flat brush to apply stripes of it over some of the inked areas.

Not sure if you could see the shimmery stripes.  But it’s the areas that appears lighter in color.  Next I used the Ornament Infinity Dies to die cut the ornaments.  Lucky me, I found a color card stock that matches the inked panel and I white heat embossed the sentiment on it and cut into a fishtail banner.  All the ornaments and the banner are then adhered on a Swiss Dots embossed white panel then onto a matching pink card base.  Here’s a close up you could see better the perfect pearl.

 

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Monochrome” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Nasturtium Hello

Hi everyone,

 

Cindy here to share a card featuring the Hero Floral Nasturtium Clear Stamp.  The Nasturtium is an eatable flower, as a manner of fact I planted some in my planters and there is a bloom already.  Yay!

 

I stamped in black the floral image on white card stock twice, and watercolored.  I used a rectangle stitch die to cut main panel, and then hand cut the rest of the blooms.  I stamped the sentiment on the main panel, then layered everything as shown.  To add the final touch I added some orange Stickle in the flower center.  I have one flower and one leaf left over, so I adhered them to an envelope, and voila I have a matching envelope too!!  🙂

 

 

There are various stamps of this flower in the Hero Arts collection, such as the Flowering Nasturtium Wood Stamp, Hero Floral Nasturtium Clear Stamp, and Color Layering Nasturtium Clear Stamp.  Just request a Custom Order if you don’t see them in the a2z Scrapbooking store.  There is also a frame cut for the Layering Nasturtium, and for the Floral Nasturtium.   Did I mention there is Layering Ink too?!  🙂 Check it out on a2z Scrapbooking here.

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Monochrome” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 

There is more information on my card at Escape To Stamping.  Do stop by to take a peek, I have a tip to share.


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Color Layering Butterfly Tag Card

Hello there,

 

My May challenge inspired card today is very simple, a tag card.  Sometimes things don’t need to be complicated.  I cut two tags measuring 3 by 6 inches using white card stock.  One I left blank, and crease about 5/8 of an inch down from top.  This is the back panel.

On the front panel I stamped Scribble Bold Prints with Soft Granite, and the sentiment in black.  I added some Washi tapes and a pattern paper strip.  On a separate piece of white card stock I stamped the butterfly using the MISTI tool with Spun Sugar, Crimson, Vintage Photo and Jet Black.  Then I hand cut the butterfly and adhered to the tag front.  Then the front panel is glued to the back, hole punched and tied bow with twine.  Voila!!

 

 

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Shape Shift” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Shaped card Mermaid Kisses

Hi everybody,

 

My mermaid lives in a giant oyster!!  I had a lot of fun making this shape card and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do making it.  Let’s check it out.

The oyster is a stamp from the Hero Arts Mermaid Kisses Clear Stamp set, but it’s not big.  So I stamped it on a piece of white scrap paper, scanned it, resized and printed on watercolor paper.   I learnt this technique from the Hero Arts Blog many years ago.  It really is a great way to stretch your stamp.  Below is a photo showing the original stamping (small image on the left), and the enlargement.

For some reason the printing was not very dark like the part of the pearl; I suspect that it’s due to the enlargement.  So I darken the image with a waterproof black pen before I watercolored it, then it’s hand cut.  I used the shape to trace and hand cut the back panel, creased at the left, and glued the two together.  I stamped and watercolored the mermaid, the corals, and star fish, and die cut using the matching cutting dies.  And I adhere them onto my card.  And embellished with an art pearl.  To add shine to I coated some area with Wink of Stella.  Here’s a close up.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Shape Shift” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Everything Smiles Hello II

Hi everyone,

I like flowers, a lot!!  Anything image resembles flowers grabs my attention.  Having that said, I also enjoy using different things to make images that resemble flowers.  For today I created a floral card without using any floral stamp.  Take a look:

 

 

I used the smiley heart in the Hero Arts Everything Smiles Stamp and Cut set, it is perfect to double up as a flower petal.  I stamped it in Soft Granite and watercolored the blooms.  Do you know that the Hero Arts shadow ink is good for both watercolors and markers.  They won’t bleed or run even if you go over it with watercolors!!

So after I did my blooms I found that the background is just too empty, guess I didn’t plan it out, was too excited about making flowers with the heart!!  LOL  But the little curly streamer bits from the Monthly Hero Kit Dec 2016 came to the rescue!  I stamped them in Peeled Paint and Soft Leaf.  The floral panel is mounted onto a charcoal grey card base, the sentiment is stamped in Soft Granite and watercolored and matted with dark grey card stock.

I hope you enjoy my flowery card created without a flower stamp!  This month’s challenge is Flower Power, come play with us,  Scroll down to catch the details.

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Flower Power” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.